New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday greeted the nation on the occasion of Lohri, Makar Sankranti and Pongal and hoped the festivals would bring prosperity and happiness for all. "These festivals mark the joy and hope that a new harvest brings," the prime minister.
"Farming is closely linked to our ethos and culture and the festivals remind us of the importance of agriculture to our country and economy," Singh said in his message. "May these festivals bring prosperity and happiness for all," he added.
Lohri and Makar Sakranti fall on January 13 and Pongal on January 14. Traditionally people in Punjab and Haryana build bonfires on Lohri.